From the Director
Spring is an amazing season – a time of new beginnings, growth and change. For some of you, this marks your first semester at UMass Amherst; for others, a period of transition as you move toward life beyond the university community. Wherever you are on your journey, University Health Services (UHS) is here to help.
No one likes long waits and UHS’ free Triage Advice Nurse phone line can help you avoid them. Call (413) 577-5229 during health center hours; for after-hours advice, call (413) 577-5000. We’ll ask you some questions, answer any of yours, and guide you to the best course of care.
That care may include dealing with seasonal allergies. Depending on your symptoms, over-the-counter antihistamines can help; the UHS Pharmacy offers a range of effective treatments at student-friendly prices. Sometimes, prescription medications might be the answer; for a prompt evaluation, call our appointment line, (413) 577-5101.
This time of year, we also tend to socialize more and sleep less. Getting enough sleep is essential to good health; if you’re having problems, try these sleep hygiene tips from the National Sleep Foundation:
• Go to bed and get up at the same times each day.
• Try to make your bedroom a dark, relaxing environment with a comfortable temperature.
• Use your bed only for sleeping – not for other activities like watching TV or reading.
• Avoid large meals right before bedtime.
Finally, I wish to share some news about my own transition this semester. As of June 28, I will be retiring from University Health Services.
It has been a privilege to participate in caring for the UMass Amherst campus community and an honor to work with such talented, devoted colleagues. A nationwide search for the next director of UHS is underway and I am confident that the individual who is selected will advance this organization’s long tradition of quality care.
My patients have been individually informed about the pending change; if you wish to make an appointment with me for any remaining healthcare needs, please call (413) 577-5101.
With warmest regards,
Alan Calhoun, M.D.